Feb 18, 2007 9:42am
1984...it was the year of Reaganomics, George Orwell and Jump! and yet, our boyz were still doing their thing, for better and for worse. We all know about Garcia's health timeline, but in '84 he might have looked his worst (summer '86, '95). His voice started to really go and would waffle from fozzee the bear pudding throat to decent. At this point, there is a noticeable shift in sound production by Dan Healy, one that would carry over to 1985. Garcia's tone is fatter ala '85, than the more compressed ("crisp/ metallic") tone of 1983. Weir began really using more effects, particularly phase shifters, ring modulators, flangers, envelope wah pedals, than he had in years prior. Lesh's bass sound is getting thicker as well and the drummers have incorporated more coiling, rolling, quad effects during drums. Brent also establishes that caliope key/ organ sound that he uses on damn near every song...and he begins to master the bassett hound singing style that we all came to love ("tolerate") in the mid to late 80s.
All this being said, the Grateful Dead still put forth a few rocking shows in 1984. it's still the Dead and when they're on they're "on", no matter what year...right, kids?
the Recommended Shows (caveat: this is an ever mutating list, of course, I probably forgot a show or two)
04-01-1984--Marin Veterans Memorial Stadium--Great second set includes H>S>F, Terrapin and Morning Dew, the best April Fool's show
Jack Straw, Friend Of The Devil, Me & My Uncle-> Mexicali Blues, Big Railroad Blues, Cassidy, Tennessee Jed, My Brother Esau-> Don't Ease Me In
Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower-> Samson & Delilah, Terrapin Station-> Drums-> Morning Dew-> I Need A Miracle-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Good Lovin', E: Touch Of Gray
04-20-1984 Civic Center, Philly...nice all around show
Feel Like A Stranger, Cold Rain & Snow, Beat It On Down The Line, Cumberland Blues, Little Red Rooster, Brown Eyed Women, My Brother Esau, It Must Have Been The Roses, Let It Grow
Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain-> Samson & Delilah-> Drums-> I Need A Miracle-> Morning Dew-> Around & Around-> Johnny B. Goode, E: Day Job
05-08-1984--Silva Hall--Huge drums segment, wharf Rat and Dew after space...Brokedown is for Kesey's son who had died in a car wreck.
Beer Barrel Polka, Jack Straw, Cold Rain & Snow, Minglewood Blues, Candyman, Me & My Uncle, Mexicali Blues, Tennessee Jed, Looks Like Rain-> Might As Well
Scarlet Begonias-> Touch Of Gray-> Women Are Smarter, Terrapin Station-> Drums*-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> I Need A Miracle-> Morning Dew, E: Sugar Magnolia, E: Brokedown Palace
Iko Iko, Cassidy-> It Must Have Been The Roses, Minglewood Blues, Brown Eyed Women, Jack Straw-> Day Job
Shakedown Street-> Playin' In The Band-> Dear Mr. Fantasy-> Drums-> Playin' In The Band-> Black Peter-> Throwing Stones-> Not Fade Away, E: U.S. Blues
06-30-1984--Indianoplis Sports & Music theater...a popular show, some nice moments throughout
Jack Straw, Dire Wolf, Minglewood Blues, Dupree's Diamond Blues, Far From Me, My Brother Esau-> Ramble On Rose-> Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Deal
Shakedown Street-> Playin' In The Band-> Terrapin Station-> Drums-> Playin' In The Band-> Truckin'-> Spoonful-> Stella Blue-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> One More Saturday Night, E: Day Job
07-04-1984--Five Seasons--Cedar Rapids, Iowa...sweet He's Gone...
Feel Like A Stranger, Friend Of The Devil, CC Rider, Cumberland Blues-> Beat It On Down The Line, Row Jimmy, Hell In A Bucket-> Don't Ease Me In
Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower-> Far From Me-> Estimated Prophet-> He's Gone-> Drums-> Truckin'-> Wharf Rat-> Around & Around-> Good Lovin', E: U.S. Blues
07-13-1984--Greek Theater, first Dark star since 12-31-1981, played as an encore, nice sounding source...
Bertha-> Greatest Story Ever Told, Dire Wolf, CC Rider, Loser, Cassidy, Dupree's Diamond Blues, Hell In A Bucket-> Might As Well
Scarlet Begonias-> Touch Of Gray-> Fire On The Mountain-> Women Are Smarter-> Drums-> The Wheel-> I Need A Miracle-> Stella Blue-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Dark Star*
07-15-1984--Greek Theater..fun show
Dancin' In The Streets-> Bird Song, Minglewood Blues, Cumberland Blues, My Brother Esau, Ramble On Rose, Hell In A Bucket
Why Don't We Do It In The Road-> China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider-> Playin' In The Band-> Uncle John's Band-> Don't Need Love-> Drums-> China Doll-> Throwing Stones-> Not Fade Away, E: Brokedown Palace, E: Johnny B. Goode
10-12-1984--Civic Center, Augusta, Maine...probably the most popular and top 3, if not best show of '84
Feel Like A Stranger, It Must Have Been The Roses, On The Road Again, Jack A Roe, It's All Over Now, Cumberland Blues, The Music Never Stopped
Cold Rain & Snow, Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Don't Need Love-> Uncle John's Band-> Drums-> Playin' In The Band-> Uncle John's Band-> Morning Dew, E: Good Lovin'
11-02-1984--Berkely Community Theater...nice first set, last Lost Sailor...great St. Circumstance, predrums Wharf Rat
Jack Straw-> Peggy-O, El Paso, Loser, Smokestack Lightning-> Spoonful, Iko Iko
Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower-> Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Wharf Rat-> Gimme Some Lovin'-> Drums-> Playin' In The Band-> Bertha-> Good Lovin', E: Casey Jones
12-31-1984--SF Civic Auditoreum...if not just for the classic Shakedown Street that opens the show...one of the best
Shakedown Street, Minglewood Blues, Peggy-O, Jack Straw-> Bird Song-> Hell In A Bucket-> Don't Ease Me In
Sugar Magnolia-> Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain-> Women Are Smarter-> Drums-> Spanish Jam-> The Wheel-> Throwing Stones-> Turn On Your Love Light Gimme Some Lovin'-> Uncle John's Band-> Around & Around-> It's All Over Now Baby Blue,
honorable mention: 04-16-1984 fun, hot show on marginal aud copy and check out 04-21-1984 for one of the better auds out there...http://www.archive.org/details/gd84-04-21.neumann.nawrocki.18253.sbeok.shnf
check out the Stranger, tight show 10-18-1984http://www.archive.org/details/gd84-10-18.nak.miller.17273.sbeok.shnf
Feb 18, 2007 11:25am
Re: Grateful Dead--1984
6-24-84 should be on the list- as you said, you cannot remember them all- show includes Danci break out after three years in stow away
I: Dancin, Dire Wolf, Minglewood, Candyman, Me & My Uncle> Mexicali, Ramble On, Bucket> Deal
II: Miracle> Bertha> Playin> China Doll> Samson> Drumz> Other One> Wharf Rat> Sugar Magnolia E: Satisfaction> Baby Blue
ALso another fall tour gem- especially set 2 which features the last Nobody's jam they would play
1. Iko Iko> Promised, West L. A., Esau> B. E. Women, Minglewood, Row Jimmy> L. L. Rain> Might As Well
2: Help> Slipknot> Franklin's, Woman Smarter> Terrapin> Drumz> Other One> Truckin> Nobody's Jam> Stella Blue> GDTRFB
E: Brokedown (final/last "Nobody's Jam": 04-26-83 )
07-22-84 County Fairgrounds, Ventura, Ca. (Sun)
1: Dancin> Bertha, Esau, Loser, Cassidy, Ramble On, Bucket> Day Job
2: Samson, Ship Of Fools, I Just Want> Woman Smarter, Terrapin> Drumz> Morning Dew> Throwing Stones> NFA E: Midnight Hour> Brokedown
"I Just Want" tease before "Cassidy" - last "I Just Want": 11-29-66 
1: Shakedown, Mama Tried> Big River, Ramble On, Minglewood*> Big RxR Blues*, Lazy Lightning> Supplication> Don't Ease
2: Touch, Samson, Ship Of Fools, Miracle*> Superstitious*> He's Gone> Drumz> Morning Dew> Around*> Saturday Night** E: Satisfaction
*with Matt Kelly **One More Halloween Nightfinal "Lazy Lightning" - first "Superstitious" - brief "Mind Left Body Jam" before "Morning Dew"